DIABETICS AND DENTAL CARE

DIABETICS AND DENTAL CARE

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DIABETES

The first signs and symptoms of diabetes can occur in the mouth, so paying attention to your oral health can also lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment. People living with diabetes are vulnerable to a host of systemic problems in their entire body. Unfortunately, the mouth and teeth are not immune from such problems, and many diabetics with oral problems go undiagnosed until conditions become advanced. Diabetes is a risk factor for severe periodontal disease and diabetics are more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-diabetics are. In some cases, periodontal disease increases the severity of diabetes and complicates control of the metabolism and blood sugar levels needed for diabetic care. Control of periodontal infection with the help of our team at Grandstand Dental Care who are well versed in diabetic oral health strategies is an essential component of long-term diabetes control.
FIGHT INFECTION THROUGH GOOD NUTRITION
Whole foods provide an abundance of nutrients and energy that processed foods cannot as most of the vitamins and minerals are eliminated.

A whole foods diet includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and proteins. Studies have linked high intakes of fruits and vegetables with greater oral health as well as lower levels of oral cancer.

Below you will find a list of good whole foods to try:
Whole grains:
  • Brown rice—try brown basmati or brown jasmine for a quicker cooking tastier rice
  • Wheat berries
  • Buckwheat
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Spelt
No refined sugar, white flour or white rice.
Healthy proteins:
  • Free range Turkey
  • Free Range and Organic Chicken
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Fish
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Beans and Tofu
Healthy fats:
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Flax Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Organic Butter and Dairy Products
  • Organic Coconut Butter
No hydrogenated fats and no trans fats.
Fresh fruits and vegetables:
  • 9 Servings of fruits and vegetables per day
  • 1 Serving of cooked veggies= ½ cup
  • 1 Serving raw veggies= 1 cup
  • 1 serving of fruit= 1 piece of whole fruit or ½ cup of berries
  • Go for a variety of cooked and raw, crunchy and leafy veggies every day
  • Opt for whole fruit over juices for the extra fibre content
  • Organic is best: organic foods have more nutrients and they taste better
EXTRA HELP
If you already have gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities or tooth loss, you can give yourself some extra help with additional nutrients. While gum disease is considered an infectious disease, i.e. caused by pathogenic organisms (germs), the health of the host –that’s you – has equal footing in preventing or precipitating the disease. Consuming extra nutrients through good food and/or supplements equals strength in the fight against disease. Our team at Grandstand Dental Care believe that the best way to assist in fighting oral disease is to prevent it and good nutrition can help.

Consider seeing our naturopath who can assist with dietary advice and nutrition support.
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